Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195)

Do you like me?

If not, than congratulations! If I’m ever trying to sell you a used car for some reason, you will be more resistant to my persuasive trickery.

However, if the opposite were true, we’d be much more likely to strike a deal — even if you ended up getting the short end of the stick.

In this part of our series on Robert Cialdini’s Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion, you’re getting two lessons: how to evade subtle manipulation by friendly charlatans, yes, but also how you might add to your own likability.

Whether or not you see used car sales in your future, you don’t need to be selling something to want to be liked.

Things mentioned in this episode:

This week’s episode is sponsored by:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:05:53 – How we are influenced by people and things we like
  • 0:18:28 – Being associated with something
  • 0:29:51 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:31:59 – Physical attractiveness and the halo effect
  • 0:40:26 – Similarities, compliments and how some exploit them
  • 0:51:25 – Contact, familiarity and cooperation
  • 1:00:56 – Recap and conclusion

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Weapons of Influence #4: Liking

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